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Gun range land transfer moves forward



H.R. 5040, the Idaho County Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act, which would establish a county-operated range on 31 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management land near Riggins, passed committee last week, according to a release from the office of Rep. Raul Labrador.

"The BLM worked closely with my office and supports transferring this parcel to Idaho County," Labrador's release reads. "An old landfill, the site is informally used by hunters and the general public and well-suited to providing a safe shooting experience. But because the land has been identified for possible inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System it could not be transferred administratively by the BLM. After nearly six years, with the cooperation of the BLM Cottonwood office, Idaho County commissioners and Idaho County sheriff, we were able to find a legislative remedy. It’s a win-win for both levels of government and an affirmation of our Second Amendment rights."

See the Free Press print edition on Wednesday for a full report.



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